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Blatter expects January World Cup

Updated: Friday, 07 Jan 2011 10:02

Sepp Blatter: 'I expect it will be held in the winter'
Sepp Blatter: 'I expect it will be held in the winter'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter expects the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be held in January.

The game's showpiece is traditionally held in the northern hemisphere's summer but the stifling heat in the Middle East at that time of year has led to calls for a rethink.

And Blatter, speaking at the launch of the Asian Cup in Doha, told reporters: ‘I expect it will be held in the winter.

‘We have time to look at this question, it is still 11 years away but we must decide the most adequate period for a successful World Cup which means January or the end of the year.’

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